FURTHER heavy rainfall this week could lead to more flooding in the South East.
The warning comes as rivers such as the Thames continue to rise in response to the weekend’s rain, with more expected tomorrow.
There are currently 20 Flood Warnings - where flooding of properties is expected - in place for the South East including the River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford.
There are also 99 Flood Alerts in force for the South East.
Dave Bedlington, from the Environment Agency said: “We will continue to monitor the situation very closely as river and groundwater levels across the South East remain high and responsive, and standing water remains in some flood plains. As high spring tides continue we will be keeping a close eye on the developing situation around the coast.
“The Thames continues to rise along most of its length, and the further rainfall due tomorrow will just heighten the risk throughout the week.
“Environment Agency teams remain out on the ground around the clock operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively. We are urging communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one. A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected and immediate action is required.”
People are also being urged to avoid driving or walking through flood water. Fast-flowing water that is just 15cm deep can be enough to knock an adult off their feet.
Advice for those dealing with flooding is available at environmentagency.gov.uk and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Up-to-date information is available on twitter @EnvAgencySE and by following #floodaware